Exploring the world

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Foto: Katja Böspflug

Discovering the world - between two book covers, on paper, parchment, black and white or in colour, large format, pocket size or online.
Atlases inform and fascinate. But how were the maps actually made? By whom? How were they printed? For what purpose? And what do they look like today?
Discover the world of cartography in the new exhibition in the Main Library – Science.

  • The atlas of the geographer and ethnologist Richard Andree (1835-1912) was published between 1881 and 1937 in various editions. The volume shown in the exhibition is the second edition with 120 maps. ...

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  • Heinrich Wettstein (1831-1895), a teacher and member of the department of education in Zurich, developed numerous text books for various branches of the natural sciences and was involved in the ...

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  • The Prussian officer, geographer and cartographer Emil von Sydow (1812-1873) had a great interest in colour lithography for wall maps. The colours green for the lowlands (meadows), brown for ...

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  • The Winterthur born Swiss cartographer Jakob Melchior Ziegler (1801-1883) studied in Geneva under Guillaume Henri Dufour, the creator of the well-known Dufour map. In 1842, Ziegler, together with ...

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  • The map shown in the exhibition is of northeastern Germany. The borders of the different parts are clearly marked in this map. Other parts of the world were not as well known, explored or surveyed at ...

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  • Austrian cartographer and writer Franz Johann Joseph von Reilly (1766-1820) began work on his extensive Schauplatz der fünf Theile der Welt in 1789, but had to abandon it in 1806 due to the ...

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  • In September 2018, the library of the Department of Geography (GIUZ) was integrated into the Main Library – Science (Y15). A large part of the library’s collection is now accessible in the open ...

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